The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a warning on the use of baby slings after babies have died in them.
According to a statement from the commission last week, the agency is investigating at least 14 deaths in the last 20 years associated with the sling-style carriers, including three in 2009. Most of the deaths involved babies younger than 4 months who suffocated. Some were premature, of low birth weight or had breathing problems.
I can't even imagine how horrible of a discovery that would be. But if you want a glimpse of the suffering, see this heartbreaking story from Washington state.
But we're also hearing that you shouldn't necessarily toss out your slings because of the warning. There are safe ways to wear a baby in a sling. Attachment Parenting International has some tips for safe "babywearing." And the consumer product safety commission also has some tips, including making sure the baby's face is always visible.
Did you or are you using a sling with your own children? Do you have a favorite sling or tips for safe sling use? What do you think of the warning?